4 Maccabees 17:7-9 Common English Bible (CEB)
7 If we had the skill of an artist to paint a picture showing the story of your commitment to God, wouldn’t those who viewed the painting tremble to see a mother enduring the experience of seven children being tortured to death in so many ways?
The martyrs’ achievements
8 What would be an appropriate message that could be carved on their tomb to remind our nation’s people? Perhaps these words:
9 here lie buried an old priest, an old woman, and seven children because of the violence of a tyrant who wished to destroy the hebrew way of life.